Tips lead cops to drug arrests

On Thursday night, officers, acting on tips from the public, pulled over a vehicle on Columbia Ave and found drugs and cash.

Phone calls from concerned Trail residents have led to the arrest of two people, charged with possession of drugs and a weapon.

On Thursday night, officers, acting on tips from the public, pulled over a vehicle on Columbia Ave.

“It was calls we had received about an address in Trail which led us to stopping the vehicle,” said Sergeant Darren Oelke of the Trail RCMP.

A search of the car turned up 12 grams of cocaine, some ecstasy pills, the painkiller Oxycodone, $800 cash and a large knife.

The two occupants, Hollie Tinsley, 37, and Dale Foyle, 43, tried to leave the scene, but officers directed them to return to the vehicle where they were arrested on multiple charges.

Sgt. Oelke says that cocaine and crack are prevalent around Trail, and public tips are vital in helping police curb illegal drug activity.

“Cocaine and crack are very common and we definitely deal with the affects of it,” he said, adding that tips help police do their jobs more effectively. “Public tips are very important to us, whether it is Crime Stoppers tips or calls directly to (the detachment), the more eyes and ears we can have out there, the better.”

On Monday, Tinsley and Foyle appeared in Nelson court to answer to numerous charges of possession of a controlled substance for the cocaine, ecstasy and Oxycodone and for Tinsley, a weapons charge for possession of the knife.

Oelke says that anyone with information or concerns about illegal drugs or crimes in the Trail area should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or the Trail RCMP detachment.


Elsewhere in the West Kootenay region, Slocan Lake RCMP received a report of a dead body about two kilometres south of Slocan on Sunday afternoon.

The call came in around 2:30 p.m. Once officers arrived on the scene of the discovery, the body was removed from the area and transported to Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital for a coroner’s investigation.

Identification of the deceased is being withheld until a name can be confirmed and family can be notified.

According to police, the investigation is now with the B.C. Coroner’s office.

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